The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Large Print - 2008
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Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2008.
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed.
ISBN: 9780061562402
0061562408
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Stein Garth
Characteristics: 356 p. ;,23 cm.

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A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

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SaraEOPL Mar 04, 2014

One of the books I recommend most, because I love it and because I think lots of different types of people would like it. My husband liked it because he thought it was about racing. I like it because I think it’s about families navigating through obstacles on the road of life.

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Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver

Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver, the painful custody battle between Denny and his in-laws, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family.


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WhidbeyIslander
May 12, 2018

Dog's perspective: **** Car racing: **

This was a quick read, with many "aha" moments for people closely connected with their dogs. Enzo writes well and it's the pinnacle of anthropomorphism, which many a dog family believes in. Only thing I didn't enjoy was: too much car racing. (Maybe the title should have warned me.) Recommended for people like me who don't usually read "dog-books" because we sort of live one daily.

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Gryphinx
Apr 30, 2018

A touching book with an interesting premise - a family observed and recounted through the eyes of the surprisingly human family dog. I won't say this book is perfect - there aren't any plot points which you won't see coming a mile away, and hopefully you're interested in racing more than I am, as you'll get paragraphs and paragraphs and whole chapters talking about it, but it's a very short read, and well worth it.

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gebhardti
Apr 20, 2018

The main message of this book is that, no matter how great the challenges are that you encounter in life, you must face them head-on and persevere to the end - no matter what. The story is narrated through the eyes of a dog, which represents unwavering faith and devotion. I would recommend this book for people who feel overwhelmed by what life is throwing at them.

This book is tearfully sentimental. If you are fond of animals, have hankies on hand.

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Gentowl
Mar 26, 2018

Couldn't get past the first chapter. This book is written from the viewpoint of the dog, as though dogs had the same thoughts and feelings as human beings. Instead of being cute, I found it exploited my human feelings about my dog and didn't care for the manipulation.

AL_MARYA Mar 15, 2018

Dog lovers, this story is sure to tug at your heartstrings!

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OGBooktalk
Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

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mattstrelau
Oct 12, 2017

This book reminded me of another novel called "The Humans"; looking into humanity from an outside perspective. A story that will get you both frustrated and satisfied. This novel follows the life of a dog and family and presents the beauty in life's difficulties.

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HRNA04
Aug 30, 2017

This is a great story, with humor, sadness, and the amazing viewpoint from a dog named Enzo. One of my all time favorite books, and I recommend it to all my friends. You won't be disappointed.

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zabby21
Sep 25, 2016

My favorite book of all times. If you haven't read it, you're missing out.

AL_TATYANA Aug 07, 2016

It is one of the most touching stories! Enzo, a philosopher dog, is sometimes more human than people. One of my favorite books!

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

A tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs - he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs' a philospher with a nearly human soul (and a obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and listening carefully to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up and coming race car driver. Now in his twightly years, Enzo finds himself thinking back on his life with the Swift family, reflecting on all he has learned about the human conditions and how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.

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AL_MARYA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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Buymoria
May 14, 2011

The race is long -- to finish first, first you must finish.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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